The timeless pattern of plaid has been hot on the runways again this year from designers like Michael Kors, Isa Arfen, and Emilia Wickstead. While plaid is easy and fun to wear, it can be tricky to pull off. There’s a fine line between looking sophisticated and looking like you came directly from 1992. We’ve put together a few tips for wearing winter plaids so you can look chic and cool instead of dated.
Go Casual with a Big Plaid Shirt
Whether you live in sunny L.A. or you’re in chilly New York City, a big plaid shirt is a hot look this winter. In fact, celebrities on both coasts have been seen rocking this trend, including stars like Beyoncé, Emma Watson, and Jessica Alba.
Go casual like Beyonce by topping a pair of boyfriend jeans with a plaid shirt. Then add accessories that pick up the colors of your plaid.
Have Fun and Mix Your Plaids
According to Who What Wear, it’s perfectly acceptable to mix your plaids this year. Let loose and have a little fun with it. Combine red plaids and green plaids for a festive look that’s perfect for holiday wear. Pink plaids and red plaids look great together, too. When you do mix plaids, choose accessories in plain, neutral colors.
Perfect Your Work Style with a Plaid Blazer
Looking for a great way to wear plaid to work? Try topping a pair of dressy black pants and a silk blouse with a black plaid blazer. Add red booties for a pop of color, and you’re ready to take on the office.
A plaid blazer also looks great over midi skirts, maxi skirts, or even a trendy jumpsuit. Celebs like Kourtney Kardashian, Hailey Baldwin, and Cara Delevingne are on board with the plaid blazer trend, and Rhianna even dared to wear an oversized plaid blazer as a dress (although we don’t recommend that look for work).
BB Dakota Women's Just Checking In Plaid Blazer, Size X-Small - Red
Tanya Taylor Women's Melena Plaid Double Breasted Jacket, Size 12 - Grey
Madewell Women's Glen Plaid Oversize Knit Blazer, Size XX-Large - Grey
Mural Women's Plaid Longline Blazer, Size Medium - Black
R13 plaid fitted blazer - Blue
Junya Watanabe oversized plaid blazer - Grey
Try an Asymmetrical Plaid Skirt
If you’re going with a plaid skirt, it’s important to avoid anything too stuffy, so you don’t look like you pulled it out of your grandmother’s closet. Keep it fresh by going with an asymmetrical plaid skirt and pairing it up with a chunky sweater in a complementary color. The asymmetrical hemline ensures it looks sophisticated.
Another option is to go with a long pleated plaid skirt, a cardigan, and black stiletto boots, a look recently modeled perfectly by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton on her way to a holiday party.
Classic Tartan Pants
Classic tartan pants are the perfect way to try the plaid trend, and they’re perfect for everything from work to a day out shopping. Try gray tartan skinny pants (like Gigi Hadid’s), top with a red sweater, and add black booties for an outfit that will take you from the office to happy hour.